BBA members have voted to fill the vacancies in officer positions and on the Council that will commence on September 1, 2020. The Council sets Boston Bar Association policy, makes major financial decisions, and provides crucial oversight on behalf of the members.


PRESIDENT (Automatic Ascension to Office) | Martin F. Murphy

ElectionMurphy_Martin_Pres_w100Marty is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP where he represents individuals, companies, educational institutions, non-profits, and law firms in complex civil litigation, criminal investigations, and regulatory proceedings. He is currently President-Elect of the BBA, a member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the BBA’s Covid-19 Working Group. He previously served as a member of the Council; Chair of the Joint Finance Committee and the BBA Immigration Working Group; and as Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, the White-Collar Crime Conference Advisory Committee, the Death Penalty Working Group, the BBA Task Force to Prevent Wrongful Convictions, and the BBA’s Criminal Law Section. He served as BBA Secretary, as a member of the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors, the Amicus Committee, and the Nominating Committee. Marty is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and served as the BBA’s designee on the Massachusetts Special Commission to Study the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice System. Beyond the BBA, he serves on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and as a Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers. From 2010-2015 he served as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. A former state and federal prosecutor, Marty also served as a law clerk to the late Hon. A. David Mazzone of the United States District Court. Marty is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

PRESIDENT-ELECT (Automatic Ascension to Office) | Deborah J. Manus

Election_Manus_Deborah_PresElect_w100Deb is the former Managing Partner of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP and a past member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. Currently, Deb is the Vice President of the BBA and a member of the Executive Committee. Deb is a member of the BBF Board of Trustees and the BBF’s Investment Committee. Previously, Deb served as BBA Treasurer and has been a member of the Council. She has served as Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Spousal Elective Share Committee, , the Nominating Committee, the Joint Finance Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and served as a member of the Fellows Committee. Active in the community, Deb has held leadership positions in Nantucket-based nonprofits and is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. Deb has been honored as “Women Who Mean Business” by the Boston Business Journal and as a “Lawyer of the Year” and “Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She is a graduate of Bates College and Cornell Law School.


Election_Pham_Chinh_VP_w100Chinh is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, where he chairs the Emerging Technology Practice and co-chairs the Boston Intellectual Property Practice. His practice focuses on the strategic creation, implementation, and protection of intellectual property rights for technology and life science clients. Chinh is currently serving as BBA Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. He previously served as Secretary of the BBA and as a member of the Council.. At the BBA, he has also served on the Nominating Committee, Chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group and Strategic Planning Committee. Chinh is a member of the Society of Fellows . Outside of the BBA, he is Chair of the Board of Museum Advisors at the Boston Museum of Science, and President of the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys. He is also a company mentor at Harvard iLab, “The Garage” at Northwestern University, and MassChallenge. Chinh has been named a top patent practitioner by IAM Patent 1000, was recognized in 2019 as a “Technology Law Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, and was recognized in 2008 as one of the “Top Ten Intellectual Property Lawyers Influencing Nanotechnology.” Chinh is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law

TREASURER | Hannah Kilson

Election_Kilson_Hannah_Treas_w100Hannah is a Partner at Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP, where she concentrates her practice on real estate transactions in the area of affordable housing and community development. Hannah is currently serving as BBA Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. She previously served as Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and on the BBA Council. She is a member of the BBA’s Crisis Response Working Group, which works to coordinate the BBA’s response to COVID-19 related matters concerning access to justice and the administration of law. Previously, she was Co-Chair of the Real Estate Section, Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee, and a member of the Joint Governance Committee. She was also a member of the Immigration Working Group. Beyond the BBA, she is a member of the Multi-Family Housing Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. Since 2013, she also served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Committee. She is a member of the Abstract Club and served on the BBO Bar Counsel Search Committee. She previously served on the Board of Trustees and was Co-Chair of the Education Committee and Diversity Committee at The Advent School and was a member of Fontbonne Academy’s Strategic Planning Committee. Hannah is a graduate of Amherst College, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Law School.

SECRETARY | Matthew V.P. McTygue

ElectionMcTygue_Matthew_Sec_w100Matt is the Managing Partner of the Boston office of Locke Lord LLP, where he practices private equity and commercial finance law. Matt currently serves as the Chair of the firm’s practice development committee. He is a former Co-Chair of the firm’s debt finance practice group and member of the firm’s board of directors. Matt currently serves on the BBA Executive Committee, Council, and the Law Firm Leadership Forum. He previously served on the Joint Finance Committee, on Beacon Award Selection Committee, as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section, and as a member of the Nominating Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Summer Jobs Steering Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Outside of the BBA, Matt serves on the board and membership committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Matt is a graduate of Denison University and Cornell Law School.


Philip Y. Brown (Appointed to a 3 year term)

Election_Brown_Philip_w100Phil is the founder of Brown Counsel, where he advises and defends executives, owners, and entrepreneurs associated with companies of all sizes in connection with business, finance, real estate, employment, and other complex legal issues. Currently serving as the Co-Chair of the BBA’s Solo and Small Firm Forum Steering Committee, Phil is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. With a long history of public service, Phil was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as one of the seven Commissioners to the Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (also known as “PERAC”), which provides oversight, monitoring, and regulation of the 104 public pension systems in the Commonwealth. He serves as the Commission’s elected Chairman and recently served as the Chair of the search committee to select PERAC’s new Executive Director. Phil is active as the Chair of the Community Benefits Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Tufts Medical Center's Board of Governors. Phil is a graduate of Haverford College, New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Masters in Politics), and Northeastern University School of Law.   

Kate R. Cook (Elected to a 3 year term)

Election_Cook_Kate_w100Kate is a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen and Chair of the firm’s government law practice group. She helps clients navigate administrative law, campaign finance, crisis management, constitutional law, government ethics, public records, lobbying, and legislative and regulatory drafting. Kate also helps candidates and campaigns with all aspects of election law: from getting on the ballot to defending ballot challenges, as well as recounts. She has an active pro bono practice focusing on civil rights and civil liberties matters. Kate is currently a member of the BBA COVID-19 Crisis Response Working Group, the Joint Planning Committee, and serves as the BBA appointee to the Massachusetts Legislature’s Special Commission on Funding Corrections. Previously, she served as Co-Chair of the BBA Civil Rights Civil Liberties Steering Committee, Program Chair of the BBA Future of Free Speech Series, Co-Chair of the BBA Law Day Event, and on the BBA Nominating Committee and the Beacon Awards Committee. She has also been a member of the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid and the BBA Criminal Justice Reform Working Group. Kate is a past president of the Women’s Bar Foundation and serves on the Women’s Lunch Place Board of Directors. Before joining Sugarman Rogers, Kate served as chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.  

John Hayes (Elected to a 3 year term)

Election_Hayes_John_w100John is a Supervising Senior Trial Counsel for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). He previously was Attorney in Charge of the Boston Superior Court Trial Unit of CPCS between 2009 and 2019. He has been a trial attorney for CPCS since 1990, focusing on representing indigent criminal defendants in murder, homicide, sexual assault, drug trafficking, and other serious felony cases, primarily in the Superior Court. He has served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section. John has been an avid panelist and organizer of BBA programs related to criminal law issues, as well as MCLE programs on homicide, criminal law, and trial practice issues. John is a graduate of Boston College Law School, received a BA from Boston University, and a Masters in Political Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

Shiva Karimi (Elected to a 3 year term)

Election_Karimi_Shiva_w100Shiva is a director at McLane Middleton, PA and the Managing Director of the firm’s Boston office. She focuses her practice on business immigration law. Currently, Shiva is Co-Chair of the BBA’s Immigration Law Section. She previously served as a member of the BBA Immigration Working Group, Co-Chair of the Beacon Award Steering Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the former Immigration Law Committee when it was part of the International Law Section. Outside of the BBA, Shiva serves as a board member of the Lawyer’s Weekly Editorial Board, as well as the Suffolk University Law School Alumni Board. Within her firm, she serves as Vice Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Shiva has been honored as a “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, as well as Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Boston Magazine. She is a graduate of Suffolk University School of Law and Northeastern University. 

Nigel Long (Elected to a 3 year term)

Election_Long_Nigel_w100Nigel is Senior Corporate Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, where he oversees extra-contractual litigation in the Southern Region of the United States. Prior to this position, he was a trial attorney at Lynch & Lynch with a practice focused on complex tort litigation and insurance defense. In addition to his duties overseeing extra-contractual litigation, Nigel serves as the Chairperson for the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee for the entire Legal Department at Liberty Mutual.  Nigel served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Insurance and Tort Section, Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Committee, as well as the Massachusetts Practice & Procedure Committee. Nigel serves as faculty at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Workshop, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, and the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Trial Workshop. He is a 2015 Appointee of Governor Charlie Baker to the Industrial Accident Nominating Panel. In addition to his professional affiliations, Nigel remains avidly involved in community service projects on both a national and local level. He serves on the Board of Directors for the DELTA Research and Educational Foundation, as well as DEAF, Inc. In April 2019, Nigel served as a speaker at the Simmons Leadership Conference. Nigel is a graduate of San Diego State University and Western New England University School of Law. 

Melissa Sampson McMorrow (Elected to a 3 year term)

Election_Sampson_McMorrow_Melissa_w100Melissa is the chair of the Tax Department at Nutter, co-chairs the Nonprofit and Social Impact practice group, and serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She advises businesses, tax-exempt entities, and individuals on federal, state, and international matters. Melissa specializes in advising health care, higher education, cultural, and other charitable and nonprofit organizations, and their affiliates. Melissa served as one of the inaugural Co-Chairs of the BBA’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Section and then as the Section’s Public Policy Committee Co-Chair. She has remained an active member of the Section’s Steering Committee, developing and presenting several brown bag lunch and CLE sessions. Melissa also is a founding Co-Chair of the BBA’s Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 180 Working Group. She has served as a member of the Joint Strategic Planning Committee and as Co-Chair of the BBA’s 2015 Law Day Dinner. Melissa is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Beyond the BBA, Melissa served on the board of the Women’s Bar Foundation and currently is a member of its Emeritus Board. Melissa was selected as a “2016 Trusts & Estates Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal for her philanthropic advising. In 2019, Melissa was honored as a “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She is a graduate of Miami University, cum laude, and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, cum laude.  

Marc A. Rubenstein (Elected to a 3 year term)

Election_Rubenstein_Marc_w100Marc is a Partner and current Co-Chair of the life sciences industry group and the emerging company and venture capital group at Ropes & Gray LLP. He represents clients in the biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries in a wide variety of transactions, including license, collaboration joint venture and other commercial agreements, venture capital financings, and public securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Marc’s clients range from venture-backed start-ups to multi-national biopharma and pharmaceutical companies. Marc served as Co-Chair of the 2019 BBA Life Sciences Conference. Marc is also active in the Greater Boston community, where he serves on the Board of Advisors of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Board of Overseers of the Anti-Defamation League of New England, the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston, and the Head’s Council of the Loomis Chaffee School. Previously, Marc has also served on the Board of Overseers of the Boston Museum of Science. In 2019, Marc was named the “Healthcare & Pharma Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal and is consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers, nationwide and globally, for his life sciences transactional expertise. Marc is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School.  

Andrew P. Strehle (Appointed to a 3 year term)

Election_Strehle_Andrew_w100Andrew is the Administrative Partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, where he concentrates his practice on commercial finance and corporate restructurings and chairs its Pro Bono Committee. He is a member of the BBF Board of Trustees, BBF Executive Committee, and is Chair of the Investment Committee. He is a member of the BBF's Society of Fellows and has served on its Steering Committee and also was Co-Chair of the Adams Benefit Steering Committee. At the BBA, he served as a member of the Nominating Committee, and Co-Chair of the Commercial Lending Committee. Beyond the BBA, Andrew is on the board of the risk purchasing group Pilot Legis, was President of the Alumni Association of the Boston University School of Law, and served on MIT's Annual Fund Board. Andrew is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Boston University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Review of Banking Law. 

Robin A. Walker (Elected to a 3 year term)

Election_Walker_Robin_w100Robin is the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Stoke Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: STOK), a biotechnology company pioneering a new generation of RNA-based genetic medicines to treat the underlying causes of severe genetic diseases by precisely upregulating protein expression to restore target proteins to near normal levels. Robin was the Co-Chair of the BBA’s 2019 Life Sciences Conference. Robin currently serves on the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter (ACC-Northeast), and is the Chair of the ACC-Northeast’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Robin serves on the Board of the Kendall Square Association, on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Boston University School of Law, on the Board of Trustees of the Shady Hill School (SHS), and is the Vice-Chairperson of the SHS Audit Committee. Robin also serves on the Government Relations Committee of both the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy and the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine. She was President of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Bar Foundation Robin co-founded the In Real Law Program, which mentors first generation and minority law students who attend law school in Massachusetts, and is the Co-Chair of ACI’s 7th Annual Conference on Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law. Robin is a graduate of Vassar College and Boston University School of Law.